As you will have seen from perusing the school website, I am the new Headmistress of Channing, and I am thrilled to be here. The school, staff, pupils and wonderful Channing community, of which the alumnae are a big part, have all welcomed me with open arms. I have been very happy to have the chance to listen to so many people’s hopes and ideas; I find the school, in its widest sense, full of positivity and excitement for the future. Please read my letter of introduction to alumnae for more information about me and my background.

In addition to developing a vibrant and valued programme of services and events for our alumnae, I am also keen to continue the excellent work which has already started in digitising the school’s archives. As an historian the archives hold particular appeal for me: they are a fascinating record of the school, its founders and alumnae. Please take some time to browse the selection already held here on our website.

You are all part of Channing’s story and I look forward to getting to know you and hearing about your time and experiences here. As you will appreciate, Covid-19 has changed the type of events we are permitted to host for our alumnae body. We are working with our fantastic Alumnae Committee to create a calendar of events that I hope you will enjoy: watch this space.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact Jade Francis in the Alumnae Office at with your questions and suggestions. Also, if you, your peers or family have any artifacts you would like to loan to the archives for digitisation, please do get in touch. 

With very best wishes,

Lindsey Hughes
Headmistress and Alumnae Association President

The Channing Archives offer a window into the lives of the girls, young women and staff who attended the school from its founding in 1885 to the present day.

With the help of volunteers, the many memories, artefacts and literature will continue being added to this collection to provide a visual history of the school, its inhabitants and Highgate from the nineteenth century onward.

Should you wish to find out more or add to this collection please email Miss Francis at

In the meantime we invite you to enjoy exploring our history here.

We would like to invite alumnae to send in any updates, interest pieces and feedback for consideration for inclusion in future publications to

Channing Alumnae Newsletter

Join the Alumnae facebook group, you can also find photos from our latest events: Channing Old Girls

Chatting with Channing

Listen to our interview with alumna, Kitty Underhill from our podcast, ‘Chatting with Channing‘. Kitty will be telling us all about her time at Channing, how it prepared her for the future, her favourite subject at school and some of her fondest memories.

But Kitty will also talk to us about her journey since leaving Channing in 2011, her role as a body and self-acceptance coach, why body positivity is so important to her and what advice she’d give to everyone to encourage and promote body positive thinking.